Voting

Registering to Vote & Voting by Mail

Wheelock College believes that every student has a responsibility to be an engaged community member in addition to excelling academically. To that end, Wheelock is committed to providing you with the information and materials you need to vote in every election from local to presidential.

When you sign up at the TurboVote link below, you will be able to access everything you need to register to vote, stay registered to vote if you move, vote absentee, and get reminders about every local, state, and federal election regardless of where you move.

TurboVote simplifies the voting process so that you, the voters, can focus on what’s important: the candidates and questions on the ballot; however; like any other initiative, participation is pivotal -- you must take the first step and register online. Voting not only allows each individual to make their voice heard, but also for our community to play a role in shaping decisions that affect all of us.

Register to vote and/or receive information about how and when to vote in your district at wheelock.turbovote.org

Chronology of the Right to Vote: The United States Constitution

1804: 12th Amendment
Concerns the process by which electors shall vote for the President and Vice-President of the Unites States.

1868: 14th Amendment
Section 1: Defines what it is to be a U.S. citizen: "all persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside."  This confirms that African-Americans are indeed U.S. citizens.
           
Section 2: Discusses apportionment for representatives.  Makes clear that the vote lies with male citizens 21 years of age and older.  This de facto legitimizes the exclusion of women from politics.

1870: 15th Amendment
Section 1: "The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude."
This implicitly leaves open restrictions based on property, literacy, tax-paying status, etc.

1920: 19th Amendment
The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.

1951: 22nd Amendment
No person shall be elected to the office of the President more than twice, and no person who has held the office of President, or acted as President, for more than two years of a term to which some other person was elected President shall be elected to the office of the President more than once.

1971: 26th Amendment
Section 1: The right of citizens of the United States who are 18 years of age or older to vote.

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